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Welcome to the Sustainability Newsletter - A condensed look at sustainability at the University of Leeds.

Welcome to the December newsletter! In this edition we aim to showcase some of the amazing things happening right now and highlight ways in which you can get involved with sustainability both on and off campus. 

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It's Christmas!

With the first term of the academic year coming to the end, there will be many students leaving their Halls of Residences and houses over the coming few weeks. If you are leaving too, please take extra care to turn off your unused electrical devices and adjust your boiler so it's not heating up an empty house. By doing so, you could save money as well as helping the environment! To avoid food waste, why not donate any fresh and tinned food you have left to food banks around Leeds.

For more top tips on how to be more sustainable this Christmas visit our guide here.
Welcome to our new Sustainability Architects!

We'd like to give a warm welcome to the newest members of the Sustainability Service, Emma Weaver, Gloria Koepke, Matt Morton and Mumo Mutulili. 

Emma is currently in the third year of her Textile Design degree, Gloria is part of the Mathematics department on her Erasmus year, Matt is studying towards his MSc in Sustainability and Consultancy and Mumo is in her third year of her undergraduate Civil and Structural Engineering degree programme at the University.

The architects provide support for student engagement activities, events, campaigns and initiatives, taking the lead on delivering projects that align with our strategy and also develop their own ideas to increase student participation with sustainability. This year they'll be working on:
  • Co-ordinating with our student Sustainability Volunteers and the opportunities they can get involved with.
  • Developing sustainability guidance and initiatives to aid the University's student groups, reps and societies.
  • Raising awareness of how students can incorporate sustainability themes into their research and broadening the opportunities on offer.
  • Supporting the Sustainability Service with events, activities and promotions. 
For more information on our new architects, please keep up to date on our website with their latest blogs (coming soon!).
Student Sustainability Research Conference 2017

We have had a brilliant response from students across the University from a range of disciplines, with submissions ranging from extinctions in the marine realm to community engagement within the curriculum here at Leeds. The conference will showcase some of the incredible student research and projects underway right now, and demonstrate how sustainability is a truly cross-disciplinary topic, highlighting the full spectrum of the social, economic and environmental development challenges we face. 

For more details visit our website.
Waste Not Want Not

Quality cooking made easy!

On the 30th November the Refectory Stage area was home to Waste Not Want Not, an interactive event hosted by Net Impact to combat food waste and recycling. With live cooking demonstrations and taste tests, attendees were taught how their leftovers could be transformed into simple, scrumptious meals. From soups to 5-ingredient pasta sauce, it really was a showcase of high quality cooking from our very own catering team.

Net Impact is an international organisation with the aim to educate and equip individuals with the skills to use business to help generate a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. For more information on Net Impact and upcoming events at Leeds click here
Christmas Shutdown 2015
This year’s Christmas shutdown is taking place between 23rd December and 2nd January inclusive. Please turn off equipment such as PCs, photocopiers and empty fridges during the Christmas period to help reduce the University’s energy use and carbon footprint. Any equipment that can safely be turned off during the shutdown period helps us meet our carbon reduction targets and reduces costs to departments.

For more information, please visit our website and give our shutdown guide a read.

Leeds at forefront of UK Town and Gown relations

The University has had a long- held commitment to town and gown relationships.  As part of this commitment we are sharing our knowledge and expertise with other universities through a new UK Town and Gown Association. The Association’s role is to strengthen town and gown partnerships by providing a network of off-campus practitioners and resources, identifying and sharing leading practices, innovative solutions and creative opportunities within off-campus communities. 
The association recently held the ‘Town and Gown: Today and Tomorrow’ a two day national conference on the 15th and 16th November at Nottingham Trent University. The conference brought together 130 people who discussed  how the sector is working to overcome challenges and ensure that communities benefit from their universities. 

For more information contact Amanda Jackson.
Sustainability Competition!

Creating a culturally and environmentally diverse campus!

Calling all students, staff and our neighbours in the community! Are you a budding photographer? Would you like to try your hand at experimenting with photography? This year, we have introduced a monthly competition open to everyone who comes onto campus! You don’t even need to have a flashy camera, just a device able to take photographs that will follow our differing monthly themes. Our December theme, ‘Campus Winter Wonderland’, can relate to any campus winter activities or crisp, cold scenery. Whether that involves new students in Leeds, biodiversity on campus or great food at Leeds University, we want to see it!

The winner of this months competition will have guaranteed display in an end of year exhibition under the title, 'What campus means to you'. If you are interested in submitting a photo or piece of artwork then please send it to
Charity Fundraisers 

Half down, half to go!

With the new year looming upon us, it's great new that the we have managed to reach our halfway benchmark in raising money for the Facilities Directorate building two chosen charities. Thanks to a number of fundraising stalls activities such as Rock the Refectory and the Fairtrade Fair we have, as of this point, raised a total of £6,115 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and £5,622 for Cancer Research UK. With the target being £12,000 for each charity, we are well on our way to achieving those goals come the end of the academic year!
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Dates for your diary 
  • Monday 12th December @ 6:00 - 7:00 pm: 'A look back at the weather of 2016': RMetSoc Yorkshire round up of the year’s weather. Mulled wine and mince pies served from 6pm. More information found here.
  • Tuesday 13th December @ 11am - 3pm: Clear out for Christmas sale: Buy second hand clothing from the Refectory, all proceeds will go to charities Cancer Research UK and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
  • Friday 23rd December - Monday 2nd January: Christmas closure.
  • February 27th - March 12th: Fairtrade Fortnight 2017: For more information please click here.
  • Friday 3rd February: Student Sustainability Research Conference 2017: A showcase of research, projects and creativity which align with the conference theme – Sustainable Perspectives on Future Challenges. More information found here.

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